Grants for international festivals - Contemporary music and jazz


To support events held outside France to promote creation and the performance of new and recent works from the Sacem repertoire, involving an element of artistic risk by including emerging local songwriters, composers and performers.

Eligibility criteria

  • Certification that the event is recognised by the local authors' society is required for the application to be considered.
  • The organisation of masterclasses or professional meetings to promote emerging artists, audio-visual or web module recordings and paid residencies for local creators and musicians as part of the festival are all important elements that will be taken into account when assessing the grant application, in addition to prior consultation with Sacem including information on the artists taking part.

Amount of funding

Up to 20% of the total artistic budget, including travel expenses for songwriters and composers, to a maximum of €15,000.

Evaluation of applications

  • The Cultural Support Directorate will examine the application and make a decision on behalf of the Board of Directors. The project organisers will receive written notification of the Directorate's decision, which is final.
  • No application having once been considered can be re-submitted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Payment of support

  • The grant will be paid after an agreement has been signed with the beneficiary, setting out the conditions for support by Sacem.
  • The beneficiary must submit a written report on how the grant will be used within the time limit set out in the agreement, including an artistic review with a list of any professional meetings, and a financial statement specifying rights to be paid to the local authors' society. Failure to provide any of these documents will result in consideration of any new application from the project organiser being suspended.
  • A confirmation of payment, including any amount already paid.

Requirements for the application

  • A document describing the event: 

- programme
- advertising policy, media partnerships, attendance, professional artists involved, etc.
- programme for any ancillary activities: masterclasses, meetings with professionals for development of emerging artists, audio-visual and/or web module recordings, paid residencies for local creators and musicians, etc.
- Internet presence


  • Budget and financing plan (form to be completed)
  • Any other document you may wish to submit in support of your application

Schedule for filing applications

Applications can be submitted up till the end of August 2019.

Applications must reach us at least 4 months before the start of the project (except for festivals held in January and February).


Application submission schedule for 2019:

- Applications submitted between 2 November 2018 and 14 January 2019: decision by mid-March 2019
- Applications submitted between 5 March 2019 and 13 May 2019: decision by mid-July 2019
- Applications submitted between 3 June 2019 and 26 August 2019: decision by mid-October 2019


Sacem reserves the right to change these dates.